US State Department: Relations with Greece at a 'historic high point'

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US State Department: Relations with Greece at a 'historic high point'The two countries are investing in the future of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans

The United States and Greece are working together in the Eastern Mediterranean to expand regional cooperation, including through the “3+1” grouping with Greece, Cyprus, and Israel, the State Department said on Friday, as its head Mike Pompeo started his two-day visit to Athens, according to ekathimerini.com.

The State Department announced bilateral relations are at a "historic high point" and the two countries are investing in the future of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, including by restoring Thessaloniki as “a gateway to the Balkans for investment and trade".

Regarding the updated Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) which will be signed by Pompeo and Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, it said it will enable the two countries to expand bilateral activities at Larissa, Stefanovikio, and Alexandroupoli, and sustain increased activity at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay.

The State Department also pointed out energy security is "foundational” to economic security, political security, and sovereignty, and that Greece is helping to bring new energy sources to Europe through soon-to-be-completed Trans-Adriatic Pipeline.

The volume of LNG arriving in Greece has doubled in the past year, and it will soon replace Russia as Greece’s largest source of gas, it added.

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